Capital and Coercion: The Economic and Military Processes that Have Shaped the World Economy, 1800-1990

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This historical, cross-national research examines the global economic and military dynamics that have shaped the world-economy from 1820 to the present. It provides valuable insights into the nature of the global hierarchy, the relationship between economic and military power and the mechanisms of national mobility. It will also be a useful reference tool, as it provides (for the first time) a ranking of countries in the world-economy from 1900 to 1990.

This study will be of use to scholars interested in globalization, national development, international relations, world conflicts, inequality and stratification.
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Preface; Chapter 1:Introduction - Outline of the Book; Chapter Two: Literature ReviewTheoretical Framework; The Core/Periphery Hierarchy; Origins and Boundaries of the System; Mechanisms of Reproduction; Mechanisms of Mobility; Empirical Studies of the Core/Periphery Hierarchy; A Theoretical Model; Chapter Three: Empirical Analyses Research Design and Methods; Variables and Countries Included in the Analyses; Combined Data Sets; Missing Data; Countries Included in the Analyses; Chapter Four: Position in the World-Economy; A Model of Position in the World-Economy; Calculating Position in the World-Economy; Position in the World-Economy 1990; Results; Calculating a Global Measure of Position 1990; Factor Analysis; A Surrogate Measure of Position in the World-Economy; Position in the World-Economy; Results; Chapter 5:Mobility in the World-Economy; The Core of the World-Economy 1990; Changes in Core Power 1820-1990; Mobility in the Semiperiphery and Periphery; Chapter Six: A Causal Model of the Relationships Among Economic and Military Dimensions; Chapter Seven: Summary and Conclusions; Theoretical Implications; Core/Periphery Structure; Mobility in the Core/Periphery Hierarchy; Hegemony; Causal Modeling; Implications of the Findings; Directions for Future Research; Endnotes; Appendix A. Descriptive Statistics for Variables in the Analyses; Bibliography; Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2001

    Highly Recommended

    For scholars interested in the hierarchical structure of the world-system, this book is a valuable source of empirical data and theory. Kentor's measures of world-economy position are effective tools in cross-national research -- I use them in my work. It is very accessable for readers that are not familiar with the world-systems literature. Can be used in undergraduate and graduate courses. His writing style is very to-the-point. No unnecessary filler.

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